Police find aircraft with $54K in marijuana taped to it in Southern New Mexico

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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CLICK TO ENLARGE: New Mexico State Police courtesy photo

Not in the Santa Fe area, but the pic included in this New Mexico State Police email was pretty interesting so I’m sharing their news release and a photo from Hidalgo County in southern New Mexico.

From State Police Sgt. Tim Johnson:

While conducting a desert operation yesterday, New Mexico State Police agents located and seized 134 pounds of marijuana strapped to an Ultralight aircraft.  The seizure was made in the Playas Valley approximately halfway between the US/Mexican border and State Road 9.

As depicted in the photograph, 3 large bundles of marijuana were attached to the bottom of the aircraft.  Upon further inspection of the aircraft it was determined that it had run out of fuel, thus causing the crash landing.  It is believed that the contraband originated in Mexico.  Recent rain fall in the area made the tracking of the pilot impossible; therefore no arrests have been made at this time.

The street value of the marijuana seized is estimated at approximately $54,000.

  1. Vic Amuso says:

    Why waist time with this stuff, go after the violent offenders instead. Who cases about pot anymore. Its been proven that its just a harmless herb and all that negative propaganda was just a lot of political bull with hidden agendas.
    Does anyone know what ever came of that plane that crashed in Heron lake with all the cocaine?
    How come the story just “went away” ? How come we havent heard more?
    I heard that that plane had people in it that were connected to “higher ups”. I also heard that the contents of that plane would eventually make it to Virginia.

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